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the connection to what we are talking about. caller: well, you're talking about the fiscal cliff. that could be sucked out. $1.5 trillion out of our economy a year for oil and war. that's texas and virginia. texas and virginia is your war. now you're talking about taxes. if voted -- go to delaware. that's where all your tax shelters are and your credit card companies. a trillion dollars in credit card debt. now you go to the state of new york -- host: you're saying overall states are the problem? >> there's three states in this country that are responsible for 95%. you have the east coast jews. host: ok. wild and wonderful from twitter this morning, better the fiscal cliff than the one that could result from a compromise for compromise's sake. on the democrats line, hi. caller: thank you for taking my call. host: go ahead. caller: no problem. i just wanted to say that, you know, -- awful smart guy came one some pretty good ideas. i live in right-wing -- i mean, this is very republican and conservative area, here. and just about everybody i know , the republicans want to see taxes raised on t
of the firefighters needed surgery. >> this morning both sides of the fiscal cliff talks seem far apart. there is some optimism about coming to a short-term deal. the president wants to in the bush era tax cut people making more than a quarter of a million dollars per year. with out a deal the average middle-class family could pay about $2,000 per year more in taxes. for house speaker blames the stalemate on the above ministration. he says they are not taking republicans seriously with the plans to close loopholes and limit deductions without raising taxes. >> i realize that the president may disagree. the fact is there is a another way to get revenue from upper-income americans that does not hurt our economy why would we not consider it. >> we think it would be a wonderful christmas gift to the american people to have a tax cut come january. and we want them to tell the american people why not if they would not do it. >> we are optimistic. >> the democratic controlled senate has already voted to extend the bush cuts for incomes under $250,000 and letting the others expire. moody's analytics is predic
of u.s. homeowners could get a financial hit if the fiscal cliff negotiations tweak a popular tax break. if the negotiators do that, the mortgage interest deduction could be on the table at those talks. christine romans has more now. >> reporter: don, the middle class's most cherished tax break could be in the cross hairs of negotiations. government spending on this will reach $100 billion by 2014 making it the third largest tax break on the books. who does it help? 41 million people. the most recent irs data shows 41 million people claimed this deduction on their 2010 tax returns. the tax return policy center says it tends to benefit upper middle class families the most. for those with annual incomes of less than $40,000, their savings about $91. or $5,500. this benefits people most on both coasts and cities like chicago with higher property prices. watching the fiscal cliff negotiations closely for what could happen next to the tax goody next year. don? >> christine, thank you very much. >>> okay. the fiscal cliff, you have heard vague warnings. let's get specific about it. your child
by this afternoon. >>> and it looks like those talks in washington to avoid that so-called fiscal cliff, looming at year's end, will go down to the wire after all. senate republican leader mitch mcconnell says that he laughed out loud thursday when he saw president obama's latest plan to avoid a middle-class tax increase. republicans are demanding more spending cuts. >>> and just as millions of americans shop online, rely on their gifts to be shipped by the holidays, the biggest seaports in the country are at a virtual standstill. union workers at the los angeles and long beach terminals are on strike. protesting outsourcing of jobs. 40% of all u.s. imports come through those terminals. negotiations are set to resume today. >>> very unusual scene just south of there, in san diego. an out-of-control truck slammed into a fire hydrant, sending water shooting cinematically 30 feet into the air. like a geyser. the truck actually plowed into a bar, leaving a gaping 11-foot hole in the wall. thankfully, no one was hurt. >>> now, here's diane sawyer, with a preview of tonight's "world news." diane? >> j
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